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Deleuze and the Contemporary World$
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Ian Buchanan and Adrian Parr

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623419

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623419.001.0001

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Information and Resistance: Deleuze, the Virtual and Cybernetics

Information and Resistance: Deleuze, the Virtual and Cybernetics

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(p.194) Chapter 11 Information and Resistance: Deleuze, the Virtual and Cybernetics
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Deleuze and the Contemporary World
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John Marks

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623419.003.0011

This chapter aims to bring out some important distinctions between the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari and what has come to be known as cybertheory or cyberculture. It suggests that it is in their focus on material complexity in the context of their concept of the virtual that Deleuze and Guattari dramatically part ways with cybertheory. The chapter explains that the critical impetus of their theory of the virtual lies in what is called the intelligence of the virtual in thought, and contends that what cybertheory does in its bastardisation of the concept is, in fact, to depoliticise it.

Keywords:   cybertheory, cyberculture, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, material complexity, virtual, intelligence

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